Monday July 2 at 7 pm – Local-history enthusiast George Dalton of Summerside will lead a history circle on ‘Howard Clark and the Red Barn Museum’. The evening will be informal – with chairs arranged in a circle, and people can contribute as much or as little as they wish. We will also be showing clips from video interviews of Howard talking about his life and his collection, which the Museum recorded in 2010 at the time of the donation of his collection to the Bedeque Area Historical Society. All are welcome, including those who never met Howard or visited the Red Barn Museum, but we particularly welcome friends and relatives who knew Howard and who can tell us stories about him.
A TALK on: ‘The Bedeque Harbour Loyalists : where they settled and why’.
Monday July 9 at 7 pm – Doug Sobey will give an illustrated talk examining the settlement of Loyalists around Bedeque Bay in 1784 and the years following. He will also examine the various lists and records of the Loyalist families, show where they settled around the harbour and why they settled in the areas they did. As well he will consider what is known of the background in the Thirteen Colonies of the families who settled at Bedeque, including families with names of Anderson, Darby, Green, Lefurgey, Linkletter, MacFarlane, Murray, Silliker, Small, Strang, Waugh and Wright. He will also present new insights into the reasons why the Loyalists settled around what was then known as Bedeque Harbour.
A TALK and HISTORY CIRCLE on: ‘The Valley Farm, a Schurman family farm since 1839’.
Monday July 16 at 7 pm – Doug Sobey, with David Schurman and others, will lead a history circle and talk on the ‘Valley Farm’, which has been in the Schurman family since 1839, when it was purchased by Isaac Schurman (a son of William the Loyalist) for his son Solomon. A rich family archives of photographs and written records has survived in the family and some of these will be shown in this illustrated talk.
The AGM, with a TALK on: ‘William Schurman the Loyalist’.
Monday July 23 at 7 pm – The AGM of the BAHS – Doug Sobey will give an illustrated talk on ‘William Schurman of New Rochelle, New York and Bedeque, Prince Edward Island’ (see above for further information).
A TALK on: ‘Immigration to Prince Edward Island and Canada from the British Isles in the 19th Century’.
Monday August 6 at 7 pm – Lisa Chilton of the History Department of the University of Prince Edward Island will give a talk on immigration to Canada and Prince Edward Island from the British Isles in the nineteenth century.
A TALK on: Georgina Pope – Canadian Military Nursing Heroine
Monday August 13 at 7 pm – Katherine Dewar of Charlottetown will talk about the subject of her recent book, Georgina Pope, an Island woman who became a Canadian military nursing heroine in World War I. Georgina’s father William Henry Pope, the Father of Confederation, was born in Bedeque. Katherine will have copies of her book, Called to Serve, Georgina Pope, on sale at the talk.